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on 2 January 2001
This Collected Poems represents a long lifetime's devotion to the serious craft of lyric poetry. Right from the start, from The Rough Field's seminal utterance upon Irish life during, around, and despite of, the troubles, Montague had mastered the art of structuring a volume. His art is to arrange essentially lyric poems into such a way as to cluster themes, turning them over and readdressing them from varied points of view (childhood, adolescence, maturity etc), carrying them on a stage, and then a stage, with restless persistence. The results are volumes which are more than just collections of random poems. They are cogent and complex meditations; carrying the lyric voice through all its pitches and tones, sustaining pressure and concentration throughout. Nothing here is piece-meal. This is why the Collected Volume is so essential - superior in spirit to any editorial selection or reshaping.
Above all, Montague's poetry is honest, finely honed, sensitive and compassionate, brave but subtle; steeped in both the deep traditions of Ireland and something of the experimentation of American modernism - Zukofsky and Olson. He writes exemplarily well about individuals - what they suffer and survive (The Wild Dog Rose is chilling), and he is possibly one of the most interesting love poets since Robert Graves. He is a poet who does not fit neatly into any trend or movement and is probably of less interest to an academic because of this. However, this volume is a wonderful opportunity to discover and explore a poet who has many virtues; whose work should eventually rise above much of what currently seems in vogue. A book for life.
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on 3 January 2001
This Collected Poems represents a long lifetime's devotion to the serious craft of lyric poetry. Right from the start, from The Rough Field's seminal utterance upon Irish life during, around, and despite of, the troubles, Montague had mastered the art of structuring a volume. His art is to arrange essentially lyric poems into such a way as to cluster themes, turning them over and readdressing them from varied points of view (childhood, adolescence, maturity etc), carrying them on a stage, and then a stage, with restless persistence. The results are volumes which are more than just collections of random poems. They are cogent and complex meditations; carrying the lyric voice through all its pitches and tones, sustaining pressure and concentration throughout. Nothing here is piece-meal. This is why the Collected Volume is so essential - superior in spirit to any editorial selection or reshaping.
Above all, Montague's poetry is honest, finely honed, sensitive and compassionate, brave but subtle; steeped in both the deep traditions of Ireland and something of the experimentation of American modernism - Zukofsky and Olson. He writes exemplarily well about individuals - what they suffer and survive (The Wild Dog Rose is chilling), and he is possibly one of the most interesting love poets since Robert Graves. He is a poet who does not fit neatly into any trend or movement and is probably of less interest to an academic because of this. However, this volume is a wonderful opportunity to discover and explore a poet who has many virtues; whose work should eventually rise above much of what currently seems in vogue. A book for life.
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on 3 January 2001
This Collected Poems represents a long lifetime's devotion to the serious craft of lyric poetry. Right from the start, from The Rough Field's seminal utterance upon Irish life during, around, and despite of, the troubles, Montague had mastered the art of structuring a volume. His art is to arrange essentially lyric poems into such a way as to cluster themes, turning them over and readdressing them from varied points of view (childhood, adolescence, maturity etc), carrying them on a stage, and then a stage, with restless persistence. The results are volumes which are more than just collections of random poems. They are cogent and complex meditations; carrying the lyric voice through all its pitches and tones, sustaining pressure and concentration throughout. Nothing here is piece-meal. This is why the Collected Volume is so essential - superior in spirit to any editorial selection or reshaping.
Above all, Montague's poetry is honest, finely honed, sensitive and compassionate, brave but subtle; steeped in both the deep traditions of Ireland and something of the experimentation of American modernism - Zukofsky and Olson. He writes exemplarily well about individuals - what they suffer and survive (The Wild Dog Rose is chilling), and he is possibly one of the most interesting love poets since Robert Graves. He is a poet who does not fit neatly into any trend or movement and is probably of less interest to an academic because of this. However, this volume is a wonderful opportunity to discover and explore a poet who has many virtues; whose work should eventually rise above much of what currently seems in vogue. A book for life.
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